Executive Director

Peter Korn, the Center’s Director, has been a furniture maker since 1974. He is the author of Why We Make Things and Why it Matters: The Education of a Craftsman (Godine Publishing, 2013), Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship (Taunton Press, 2003) and The Woodworker’s Guide to Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1998) Prior to founding the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 1992 Peter spent six years as Program Director at Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center and four years as Adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University. His award winning furniture has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums.

Peter Korn - Executive Director
Peter Korn

Gallery Director and Marketing Manager

Victoria Allport has been our Gallery and Marketing Manager since July 2011, when she returned to Maine after twenty years on the west coast. Her extensive background in marketing and fine art management includes working as Assistant Director at the Olga Dollar Gallery in San Francisco, CA and at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR. Most recently, she was President of Allport Editions for fifteen years.

Contact: victoria@woodschool.org

Victoria Allport Gallery and Marketing Director
Victoria Allport

Development Director

Ellen Dyer joined the Center in 2018. A lifelong Mainer, she has worked extensively in museums, libraries, and archives up and down the coast.  She holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an MLIS from Simmons College.

Contact: ellen@woodschool.org

Development Director
Ellen Dyer

Student Services Director

Dorrie Higbee joined the Center in May 2009. She and her family moved to Maine from Colorado in 2004 to build their home by the sea. Dorrie brings a flare for logistics coordinating and several years of business and personnel management experience to the organization. She holds a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Contact: dorrie@woodschool.org

Dorrie Higbee
Dorrie Higbee

Facilities Assistant

Rob Hiza is a furniture maker based in Rockland, Maine. After taking our Furniture Intensive in 2012 he went on to attend North Bennet Street’s furniture making program before exploring the field through a variety of employers, personal work, and commissions. He returned to the Center in 2021 as a Furniture Intensive assistant before joining our staff as the Facilities Assistant.

Contact: rob@woodschool.org

Rob Hiza
Rob Hiza

Facilities Director/Instructor

Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. He returned to Ashland, OR, where he set up a workshop and began to teach locally. In 2011, Mark returned to the Center as a Fellow and, in August of that year, joined our staff, where he serves as an instructor, Facilities Director, and Digital Fabrication Supervisor. When not at the Center, you’ll likely find Mark fly fishing or kayaking (or more likely doing both).

Contact: mark@woodschool.org

Mark Juliana
Mark Juliana

Assistant Facilities Director

Matt McLaughlin is the Center’s Assistant Facilities Director. Following a career in the U.S. Air Force, where he specialized in aircraft mechanics, Matt excelled in our 2017-18 Nine-month Comprehensive and as a summer assistant before coming on staff.

Contact: matt@woodschool.org

Matt McLaughlin
Matt McLaughlin

Financial and Operations Manager

Joanne O’Shea joined the Center in February 2021. She and her family moved to Maine in 2010 from Colorado, via South Korea where she and her husband taught English for a year.   Moving back to the states, she owned and operated an inn and restaurant on the St. George Peninsula for about a decade and volunteered with non-profit organizations during that time. She holds a B.S in International Business and a B.A. in French from the University of Colorado.

Contact: finance@woodschool.org

Joanne O'Shea
Joanne O'Shea

Board of Directors

David Ingram, Natick, MA

Vice President
Mark Tresnowski, Chicago, IL

Steve Vela, Woodland Park, CO

Tom Lie-Nielsen, Waldoboro, ME


Chris Lind, Evanson, IL

Tom Maginnis, Pittsburgh, PA

Katherine Pope, Falmouth, ME

Asher Rodriquez-Dunn, Rumford, RI

Don Seeley, Tucson, AZ

Joan Welsh, Rockport, ME

Meg Weston, Camden, ME


Presidents Emeriti
Bob Fippinger, New York, NY

Mark Horowitz, Seattle, WA

Rick Kellogg, Houston, TX

Dick Whittington, Dallas, TX


The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation.